The Spring Hill College baseball team waited through a 3-hour rain delay before finally getting their non-conference doubleheader underway against Oklahoma Wesleyan University on Tuesday night at historic Stan Galle Field, but the wait paid off as the Badgers took away a pair of 4-2 and 9-5 wins, snapping an 8-game losing skid.
In the first game, SHC starter Keller Douglas went five innings and allowed just two hits with eight strikeouts and five walks, but came away with no decision after the Eagles (13-9) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 6th inning off an RBI single to left-center by first baseman Jerett Hardy that was followed by a run-scoring ground-out to shortstop by designated hitter Nick Palese.
Badger reliever Tyler Hutson (1-1) collected the win in one inning of work with a hit and a strikeout as the Badgers rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 6th when pinch runner Matt Fuentes scored off a steal of home to tie the game and left fielder Kendell Carvin scampered home for the 3-2 lead via a wild pitch by OWU reliever Casey Sheline (0-1).
Pinch runner Justin Martin later added an insurance run by moving from 2nd to 3rd base off a wild pitch and then trotting home as the throw from the Eagles' catcher sailed in left field.
Casey Adams closed out the game for his first save of the season in one inning pitched.
The nightcap saw the Badgers take a 3-1 lead after one inning of play and remain on top at 4-2 after three innings. A 2-RBI double down the right field line by third baseman Rick LaForce made it 6-2 in favor of Spring Hill, but the Eagles would rally for three runs in the 6th inning off SHC freshman reliever Jack Howard highlighted by a 2-run blast over the right field wall by Palese to make it just a 6-5 Badger advantage.
Jeff Keenum would come out of the SHC bullpen to stop the bleeding and pick up his first save of the year in two full innings of work with two hits, a walk and three strikeouts.
SHC starter Alex Summers (1-0) was the winner in five innings with four hits, two walks and three strikeouts.
Thomas Kellner (3-2) took the loss for OWU going five innings with six hits, four walks and three strikeouts.
At the plate, second baseman Brian Sims was 4-for-5 on the day with an RBI and three runs scored, Carvin had two hits and two RBI, and LaForce added two hits with two runs driven in.
The Eagles were paced on offense by Palese who turned in two hits and three RBI, second baseman Jose Ruiz with two hits and an RBI, and Hardy who had two hits and two RBI.
Spring Hill (11-13, 3-9 SSAC) will face 21st-ranked Southern Polytechnic State University (19-9, 8-4 SSAC) in a 3-game SSAC home series this weekend beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. on Stan Galle Field with a single game and followed on Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m.